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Senior Master Sgt. Robert Garrett, who was a supervisor and longtime friend of Master Sgt. Michael Landsberry at the Nevada Air National Guard's 152nd Airlift Wing, talks with reporters Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at a the air base regarding the shooting at Sparks Middle School that claimed the life of the longtime math teacher and coach the day before. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

Washoe County School District police revealed Tuesday that the seventh-grader brought the 9 mm semi-automatic Ruger handgun from his home, but authorities were still working to determine how he obtained it

Law enforcement personnel gather at the scene of a shooting at Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nev. on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. A student at the school opened fire on campus just before the starting bell Monday, wounding two boys and killing a teacher who was trying to protect other children, Sparks police and the victim's family members said. (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Marilyn Newton)  NO SALES; NEVADA APPEAL OUT; SOUTH RENO WEEKLY OUT

SPARKS, Nev. | Students at a Nevada middle school were filing off buses and reuniting with friends on the playground after a weeklong vacation when the pop of gunfire shattered the morning calm. Children fled the campus for their lives before the first bell rang. Police said a Sparks Middle School student was the lone […]

In this publicity photo released by AMC, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes is shown in a scene from "The Walking Dead."  (AP Photo/AMC, Gene Page)

“My fear is that we have such a short attention span,” says Chuck Williams, a youth violence expert at Drexel University who’s especially troubled by movies that depict “stylized” violence. “And as a society, we don’t like being on a diet. We want to consume what we want, when we want it.”

In this Jan. 14, 2013 file photo, white roses with the faces of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are attached to a telephone pole near the school on the one-month anniversary of the shooting that left 26 dead in Newtown, Conn. Some Newtown families have said they were given a voice late in the process of dispersing the millions of dollars in donated funds, and that the process has been bureaucratic, difficult, unpleasant, and has added to their pain. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

“Nobody who has been through this wants to have to go and deal with boards and committees and talk about money, and justify why you need it,” said Cristina Hassinger, the daughter of slain Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Hochsprung. “Money is the last thing you want to have to deal with, especially when you are grieving.”

WASHINGTON | A political group backed by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is coming to the aid of New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, airing a new television ad in the Republican’s home state defending her stance on gun legislation. Rubio’s Reclaim America political action committee says in the new ad that Ayotte has sought […]

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